Every Brighton and Hove school to be hit by teacher strike
9:03am Friday 21st March 2014 in Education
Greater than 30,000 pupils could be plagued by next Wednesday’s teachers’ strike that’s expected to shut every school in Brighton and Hove.
The vast majority of secondary schools within the city have already confirmed their closure.
Around the county it’s predicted themajority of faculties may also be hit.
Tens of thousands of pupils gets the day without work as National Union of Teachers (NUT) members take to the picket line over pay, conditions and pensions.
Twenty-nine schools have confirmed they’re to near across Sussex with many more expected inside the coming days.
Phil Clarke, NUT union representative, described the choice to strike as “tough” for all teachers.
He said: “Teachers dedicate themselves to their jobs and striking is rarely easy. This action is ready not just our own pay and prerequisites but additionally concerning the long run way forward for education for all children.
“Parents unfortunately put out by this strike should lay blame solely with the govt and Michael Gove.
“He refuses to go into into meaningful talks and leaves us without a choice if we’re to make ourselves heard.”
There are an estimated 2,000 members of the NUT in Brighton and Hove alone.
Union representative Phil Clarke told The Argus he expected the “vast majority” to participate within the strike action, if not all.
He said: “Last time we held action in this scale i believe there has been perhaps one school left open within the city.”
TheNUThas around 3,000 members in East Sussex with round the same number again in West Sussex.
The national strike was called over performance related pay issues, changes to pensions and what the union describes as excessive workload and bureaucracy.
They are saying teachers regularly work 60 hour weeks and hence many “burnout” or just walk faraway from the profession.
In relation to performance related pay, the union claims Michael Gove’s plans would see teachers working to higher themselves other than working to enhance their school as a complete.
Changes to pensions has also been a contentious issue with teachers now set to pay more, work longer and receive less after they retire.
Mr Clarke added: “This isn’t the type of action we take lightly.
“If the govt wants an outstanding education system then it must start valuing people who make it, the lecturers.”
Union members will hold a chain of marches around the county on Wednesday.
In Brighton and Hove the most rally could be on the Brighthelm Centre in North Road at 11am.